Jul 15, 2020
The Road To Ruin
Posted by Donald E. Westlake

Ever lovable but hapless crook John Dortmunder and his merry band of misfits attempt to drive off with a fleet of vintage automobiles in a con against a corrupt CEO who has lavished of his company s money on himself than the boys at Enron and WorldCom combined.

  • Title: The Road To Ruin
  • Author: Donald E. Westlake
  • ISBN: 9780446400220
  • Page: 167
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Road To Ruin Ever lovable but hapless crook John Dortmunder and his merry band of misfits attempt to drive off with a fleet of vintage automobiles in a con against a corrupt CEO who has lavished of his company s m


    In the Dortmunder novels we find Donald Westlake unwinding When writing the Parker novels, the only humour we get is a harsh and jagged kind the only laughs distinctly sour Here though we have over the top, ludicrous criminal schemes aplenty, a genuine rogue s gallery of comic crooks bizarre and pointless arguments in a vernacular which can t help but raise a chuckle and, of course, things going terribly and ridiculously wrong, which in a way the Murphy s Law principle and all of that actually f [...]


    This book feels like half a Dortmunder novel But half a Dortmunder novel is still a decent read This is by no means my least favorite novel in this series, but I had some problems with it the science facts kept getting in the way one of the central elements of the plot made no sense at all, for example And then I realized I was nearing the end three dots left on my Kindle , and Westlake was still adding plot complications, and was nowhere near resolving any And then the book just kind of ended, [...]


    When the Dortmunder crew sets out to do a job there is one thing you can absolutely count on something will go wrong They ll do their best It won t necessarily be their fault But all the same something WILL go wrong The current caper is no exception, it s standard Dortmunder.This is my third experience with the series and I ve come to the conclusion that these stories are definitely all about the journey rather than the destination and this latest story fits that mold It s about the way they ge [...]


    Imagine a man, a wealthy man, who began life with sufficient money, but chose to live his life solely in the pursuit of even money and did so using his one bona fide talent fleecing other people, companies, and governments Couldn t happen here could it Well, with that premise, Donald Westlake extracts the maximum humor from one Monroe Hall and his recently changed circumstances.The Road to Ruin is the eleventh Dortmunder novel, coming after Bad News When I started my foray into these novels, I [...]


    11 Dortmunders down, 3 to go By now I know that I enjoy the Dortmunder formula, and I thoroughly enjoyed The Road to Ruin, but this may have been the weakest entry in the series thus far The novel is free from the out and out silliness that I sometimes complain about though to some readers, the entire Dortmunder series may seem an exercise in silliness , but it also lacks the gravitas that elevates some of the books in the series As well, for the first time while reading a Dortmunder novel, I wa [...]


    11 in the John Dortmunder series.John Dortmunder and his band of thieves plan to rob a classic car collection from the secure estate of a hated and convicted corporate plunderer The intend to work from the inside by getting positions on the staff Another group has plans to kidnap the pariah and force him to disgorge his offshore funds.


    This is a decent Dortmunder tale, but it s no BANK SHOT Seems to end somewhat abruptly, as if Westlake got tired of it, or hit his contractual word count and said okay, that s it Still, it s a short, fun read with a few chuckles.

    Rog Harrison

    This is a humorous novel featuring unlucky criminal John Dortmunder The plot is preposterous but just go with the flow


    The Dortmunder novels fall into a particular category of crime novels, the tale of the lovable, or at least likable, thief Such a character is inevitably a hard luck criminal with pals who are colorful That is the pleasure of the story we as readers are allowed to follow the adventures of group of shady individuals without feeling guilty about liking them The Road to Ruin is minor Dortmunder, with John Dortmunder, criminal mastermind, taking a backseat in the plot, such as it is A big time busin [...]


    I was disappointed with this one Not enough Dortmunder and no grand finale, the story just petered out Still enjoyable, Westlake always knows how to set up a scenario with humorous, normal people My favorite is still What s the Worst that Could Happen It makes Ocean s Eleven look like a kid s game of tiddlywinks Ah well.

    Mike Harper

    This is one of Westlake s best It is a fast and easy read, with the usual bumbling crooks, inventive plot, great dialog, and lack of moral message Best of all is the way Westlake reveals the characters plans and motives as they stumble through a world that none of them seems to understand.

    Evyn Charles

    Best Dortmunder book so far The Dortmunder series has never been less than good but Westlake surpassed himself with this one Lots of plot twists, action, memorable characters and laugh out loud funny


    Another fun heist gone wrong story from Mr Westlake The narration was excellent I do find the lack of women as anything but side kicks or set dressing trying, but that s hardly unique to this book.


    Onto the next Dortmunder

    Peter Tillman

    2.7 stars, weakish but still good.

    Yosef Shapiro

    A classic caper book featuring the hapless Dartmunder.


    It s a toss up between this and Drowned Hopes for which has been the worst in the series so far Drowned Hopes was overlong, often dull, and sometimes painful, but it at least felt like a Dortmunder This one reads much like one of those continue the franchise sequels, written after the original author s death by someone with enough acquaintance with what has come before to seem right on the surface, but insufficient understanding to really have it fit in.The main characters are all here, but lar [...]


    Jumped out of order on the Dortmunder books because some of them are really hard to find Gonna have to redouble my efforts and try to find the older ones because Dortmunder s comic anti capers keep me reading and keep me laughing This one was especially enjoyable One thing that stood out to me, as a fan of the soon to be over TV show Mad Men , is this passage about the American concept of identity He d tried for a positive spin in his internal debate, telling himself he could start over, he cou [...]

    John Winkworth

    The butler did not do it although he wanted to Sometimes things don t work out.


    Audiobook for my trip to New York I listened to the whole thing in the car Like all the Dortmunder books, it s brain candy that really works your brain As usual, Dortmunder gang have a heist to pull as usual, things don t go according to plan Westlake also manages to sneak in commentary on the American class system our heroes are working stiffs, even though their work consists of planning elaborate robberies and or revenge schemes, and the victim in this case, is a crooked CEO who thoughtlessly [...]


    Although these stories are somewhat predictable, I ve enjoyed each of the ones I ve listened to and plan to listen to or read the entire series John Dortmunder and his band of brother burglars provide me with diversion and sometimes provocation of thought I m not reading them in order and not finding that a problem For me the stories work well independently In this book the target is a collection of classic automobiles in the possession of a wealthy, but legally ethically challenged corporate pi [...]


    Since it s the holiday season, I ve been craving escape in Hollywood movies Nothing I ve seen on a screen recently except for I Am Divine, and that s an indie documentary can remotely compete with Westlake, so the last time I was invited out to see a new flick I said, No, dammit, I have Dortmunder Or words to that effectThis one is up there with other great novels in this series The plotting is great, lots of nice twists and turns and hilarious characterization throughout The capitalist pig boor [...]

    Tony Gleeson

    A typical Dortmunder adventure, and that s good As usual, his crew of crooks displays a curious combination of brilliance and incompetence as they attempt to steal a collection of antique automobiles off the maximum security compound of a very wealthy and very despicable individual In order to do so they pose as servants the guy is so obnoxious that nobody will work for him so he jumps at the opportunity to hire them on The plot is complicated by the efforts of another group to kidnap the tycoon [...]


    Well, my dear, Alicia said, over crustless toast and coddled eggs and strawberry jam and well creamed coffee, what do you think of our new people They re perfect, Hall told her Of course, I ve barely seen them so far, and I must say Rumsey the butler s an odd duck But then, so many servants are, really America doesn t know how to breed servants, Alicia said That s perfectly true The problem, she suggested, is that the Inquisition had ended, or at least its really active years had ended, before t [...]


    Donald E Westlake has written books than your momma has eaten cupcakes He s a writing machine And he writes good stuff He writes under many names, the most famous is Richard Stark which he uses for the hard bitten Parker series the movie Payback was based on the first Parker book As hard boiled as the Parker books are the Dortmunder books he writes are funny Dortmunder and his pals are crooks but something always seems to go wrong with their plans.If you like funny caper type books, you should [...]

    Luce Cronin

    If you have never read any Donald Westlake books featuring John Dortmunder, and you are in the mood for crime fiction that is full of really funny characters and situations, try any novel from the Dortmunder series Great stuff that will make you laugh Although this is certainly not his best in the series, i still enjoyed the craziness I really enjoyed Why me and What s the worst thing that could happen.


    Chester approaches Dortmunder and his crew to help him pull off a job Chester was employed as a driver by Monroe Hall until it was determined that Hall was participating in fradulent activities and had to fire his staff Now Chester wants revenge Dortmunder and his gang come up with a complex plan to get onto Hall s estate and steal some cars of course comic complications ensue This series is a lot of fun.

    Dick Harding

    I think if you re a fan of these Westlake novels, you pretty much know the ending before you even start the book But I read them because he is such a great writer funny and perceptive You get the feeling that he is having as much fun writing the book as you are reading it This particular book is intricate than most, making it interesting in an unusual way I don t want to say anything that will destroy the pleasure of reading the book but I recommend it.


    Still indulging my Dortmunder addiction, which this time took me to the Laurel Village Books,Inc which surprisingly actually had a couple books in the series Who d a thunk Anyway, this one is standard Dortmunder fare, only set in rural Pennsylvania, which I fear diffused some of the atmosphere we get far too little of OJ s and the regulars Still, the actual moment of the kidnapping provides some of the purest slapstick I have ever encountered on the written page.


    John Dortmunder as a butler Well, he s not really a butler he s just playing one at the heavily guarded estate of crooked tycoon Monroe Hall A corporate pariah surrounded by loot, including a fleet of priceless vintage cars,book on tapevery funny concept the bad guys as heros the thieves are the good guys.i m hooked and no one got killed.

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